Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6Developing Social Skills Most children do not start Kindergarten with good social skills; these take time and practice. Provide social opportunities  Set up play dates with classmates, and look for social opportunities with family and friends.  Try to let children settle their own differences, but stay within earshot so you can model prob- lem solving behavior if needed. “What would happen if you took turns playing with that toy?” Encourage your child to use words  Teach your kindergartener how to express his/her sad feelings with words.  Role-play situations your child may encounter at school. “Let’s practice what you’ll say to Carly the next time she takes your crayons.” Teach positive social behavior  Play games. Games help children learn how to take turns—and how to win and lose.  Be a good role model. If your child sees you being friendly and treating others with respect, he/she is likely to do the same.  Praise your child when you see him/her using good social skills.